Artist-run Democracy: Sustaining A Model – 15 years of 126 gallery

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Edited and compiled by Jim Ricks
Published by Onomatopee
Designed by Gabriela Baka
Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Galway City Council, and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

The success and longevity of 126 Artist-run Gallery in Galway, Ireland is an occasion to celebrate. It speaks well of all of its supporters/contributors and directors over the years, and also of the city, and county. The new publication Artist-run Democracy: Sustaining a Model marks 15+ years of this ‘Celtic Model’ of artist-led management and its importance to Ireland and beyond.

Published by Onomatopee in Eindhoven, NL, and edited by artist and former 126 director Jim Ricks, the opportunity was taken at the gallery’s 15th anniversary to preserve and organise the enormous amount of activity it has undertaken. But also to commemorate the project, everyone who directed, and everyone who has shown there. The book would not have been possible without the additional support of the Arts Council of Ireland, Galway City Council, and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology.

It is a formidable archival publication that also focuses on the volunteer directors, the educational value of the project, its challenges, its model, its history of ‘punching above its weight’, and its relevance internationally as a progressive Artist-run model.

Additionally, a diverse selection of 10 former board members from over the years have made written contributions, reflecting on their time at the helm of the gallery.

Book Launch

Friday 8 April | 11am | 126 Artist-run Gallery & Studios, 15 St Bridgets Terrace, Hidden Vallery, Galway

The day’s events will be opened by former Arts Officer of Galway City, James C. Harrold, followed by a round table discussion led by Megs Morley, of the Galway Arts Centre, with former directors: Austin Ivers, Jim Ricks, Anne Marie McKee, Lucy Elvis, Meadhbh McNutt, and the current board. It will take place on April 8, starting at 11am at 126 Artist-run Gallery, in Hidden Valley, Galway City, as part of the Cúirt International Festival. The round table will continue for a few hours, followed by a celebration and informal conversations in the gallery.

If you wish to purchase a copy of this book, please drop in to 126 Artist-run Gallery & Studios. We can also arrange sales & dispatch over email, please contact us if you would like to make an online order. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go back in to the 126 programme.